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Mississippi closes driver’s license stations through March 31

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The driver's license station in Vicksburg will be closed along with all others in Mississippi through March 31.

From the Mississippi Department of Public Safety:

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announces changes to the daily operations of the agency’s Driver Service Bureau.

All driver license stations are officially closed to the public except for the nine MHP District Troop Stations across the state until March 31, 2020, at which time a reassessment will be made for reopening. (Go to the bottom for addresses.)

The nine MHP District Troop Stations will only provide the following services:
• Sex offender registry transactions
• Commercial driver license (CDL) card renewals only – no testing
• Commercial driver license (CDL) medical card updates

This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the elderly and citizens who may have underlying health issues. We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding as we try to work through this unprecedented time.

Online transactions will still be available for the following services:
• Regular driver’s license renewal
• Purchase a duplicate driver’s license
• Identification card renewal
• Purchase a duplicate identification card
• Address changes for regular driver’s license and identification cards

Visit www.dps.ms.gov for additional services

“We encourage you to use online services available for driver license and state-issued identification card renewals, duplicates and address changes,” said Colonel Chris Gillard, assistant commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and director of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, in a statement. “By utilizing these online services available, you will still be able to obtain a driver’s license or identification card.”

A new online address change feature is available for driver licenses and state-issued identification cards. To make an address change, the user must either change his or her physical address during the time of the driver’s license or ID card renewal or purchase a duplicate DL or ID and complete an address change during the duplicate purchase process. Online services can be made from any computer, tablet or mobile phone at www.dps.ms.gov or www.driverservicebureau.dps.ms.gov.

“We will work to restore full services as it becomes safe to do so,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ken Brown, director of the Driver Service Bureau. “Online services have greatly improved since they were first implemented in 2002. We encourage you to try this option.”

Federal REAL ID compliance requires that a customer renews in person every other renewal period, and this may impact a customer’s ability to renew online. Those customers affected will have to visit a driver’s license station upon reopening. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The agency will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update accordingly.

MHP District Troop Stations

Northern Region
Troop D
1301 Cypress Avenue
Greenwood, MS 38930

Troop E
22000-A Highway 35 North
Batesville, MS 38606

Troop F
1103 Bratton Road
New Albany, MS 38652

Central Region
Troop C
3851 Highway 468 West
Pearl, MS 39208

Troop G
1280 East Lee Blvd.
Starkville, MS 39759

Troop H
910 Highway 11 and 80 East
Meridian, MS 39301

Southern Region
Troop J
#35 J.M. Tatum Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Troop K
16741 Highway 67
Biloxi, MS 39532

Troop M
160 Highway 84 East
Brookhaven, MS 39601

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Alcorn student leader works to advance other students in STEM fields

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Alexandria Williams (photo courtesy ASU)

Last year, Alcorn State University was granted its official charter for the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Chapter. This year, the organization appointed its first student leader.

Alexandria Williams, a junior computer science major from Detroit, Michigan, was named the first Miss NOBCChE for the Alcorn chapter. The organization assists aspiring STEM students in gathering knowledge about the field and becoming STEM professionals.

Solidifying her leadership role in the chapter is significant for Williams because she feels the chapter can achieve excellence. She’s happy to play a critical role in the chapter’s legacy on campus.

“It’s an incredible honor to be crowned Alcorn’s first Miss NOBCChE,” Williams said. “Alcorn’s chapter is destined for greatness, so this is history in the making. To be a part of this history feels amazing.”

Sonia Eley, NOBCChE adviser and chemistry professor, is confident in Williams’ ability to represent the chapter.

“Alexandria possesses the qualities it takes to lead this chapter,” Eley said. “Her intelligence, rapport with her peers and love for STEM make her the ideal selection for the position. I have faith that she will be an excellent leader whose exceptional decision-making skills would move this chapter forward.”

In her decision making, Williams relies on faith to steer her into her purpose. She’s confident that accepting her leadership role is the right path for her.

“I try to align everything I do with God’s purpose in my life,” she said. “I joined NOBCChE last school year and served as the social media and graphic design chairman. Through my experience, I learned more about my field of study, gained community service hours and made new friends. I had such an amazing experience that when I was presented with the opportunity to represent the organization, I couldn’t resist accepting the position.”

The chapter showcases the talent of Alcorn’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors. Williams applauds NOBCChE for providing a platform for aspiring Black STEM professionals.

“I believe that Alcorn’s NOBCChE chapter is important because the world needs to recognize the power of talented Black STEM students,” she said. “We are capable of being great in this space, and we possess the ability to change the STEM profession’s landscape. NOBCChE is one of many platforms that showcases our talent and worth.”

Ever-changing technological advances inspired Williams to become a computer science major. Watching these advancements fuel her desire to be one of the future’s leading engineers.

“We witness technological advances often. The world is transitioning to a new technological age,” she said. “We have autonomous vehicles, face detection in the palm of our hands and scientists are equipped to reverse paralysis. During this change, the world is searching for people to develop new technologies and introduce them to the world. Those professionals are engineers, and for some time, I’ve been dreaming about becoming one.”

Encouraging younger students to pursue STEM programs and careers also excites Williams. Last summer in her hometown, she created Coder Gals, a four-week program that introduces girls in grades three through five to STEM and coding concepts. Williams prepares a curriculum for the students, hosts workshops, trains mentors and distributes newsletters to parents. The lack of women engineers was Williams’ motivation for starting the initiative.

“I started a chapter in my community because of the lack of female representation in STEM fields. We strive to spark young girls’ interest in coding through fun, creative, and collaborative projects and create the foundation for their future success. We instill in them that they can succeed in any male-dominated field that they choose.”

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USACE publishes mainline levees Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published its Final Supplement II to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Mississippi River and Tributaries Project, Mississippi River Mainline Levees in the Federal Register.

Through evaluation of information and data obtained from levee inspections, seepage analyses, research, studies and engineering assessments, the USACE Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts collectively identified 143 additional work items along various reaches of the Mississippi River mainline levees  feature of the MR&T project. These work items are remedial measures to control seepage and/or raise and stabilize deficient sections of the existing levees and floodwalls to maintain the structural integrity and stability of the MRL system.

The 143 work items constitute the proposed action for this Final SEIS II and are located across portions of seven states: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. This document is intended to supplement and, as necessary, augment the 1976 FEIS and 1998 Supplemental EIS to achieve USACE’s primary goals for the MR&T:

  • providing flood risk reduction from the Project Design Flood; and
  • being an environmentally sustainable project.

The Final SEIS II is available online at the USACE Vicksburg District website. The 30-day review period begins Friday, Nov. 13, and ends Monday, Dec. 14.

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VPD reports a string of burglaries from Tuesday through Thursday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that several burglaries occurred this week from Tuesday through Thursday.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5:58 a.m. officers responded to 1601 North Frontage Road in reference to a residential burglary. The victim advised he discovered the lock on his trailer was broken and multiple power tools valued at $5,000 were missing.

Tuesday at 11 p.m., officers responded to Parts Supply, 2406 South Frontage Road, in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated he saw a white male wearing a camo jacket run from the cab of his truck carrying his lunch box while the driver was making a delivery to the store.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a victim came to the police department at 11:59 a.m. to report an auto burglary. The theft occurred on either Bridge Street or Evans Alley, sometime between Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. A Taurus 9-mm handgun was taken from the unlocked vehicle.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8:41 a.m. a victim came to the police department to report an auto burglary. A black, white and lime green Scott bicycle was stolen off the back of the victim’s 2017 Nissan Altima. The bicycle is valued at around $3,000.

Also on Thursday, officers responded to Tri-State Tires, 2209 Washington St., at 10:19 a.m. for a business burglary. The complainant stated one of the U-Haul transports valued at $9,000 was stolen Tuesday, Nov. 10.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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